Love for His Appearing

A Child who was being reared in a home where "the second coming of Christ" was sometimes freely discussed, once asked for information as to how, when, and where this event would occur. The reply was, "We do not know, but it is most important that we be able to recognize him when he does come." These words, pondered at the time, were, with the passing of years and change of environment, temporarily forgotten, to be brought forth from the storehouse of memory when the child, grown to maturity, learned of Christian Science and recognized it as indeed the revelation of Christ to this age.

Jesus said, "Before Abraham was, I am." The Christ, or true idea of God, then, to which Jesus referred, has existed throughout all eternity, awaiting recognition; and certainly nothing is more vital to humanity than knowledge of this fact, for this recognition means salvation from sin, sickness, and death—all evil. Paul, in writing to his beloved Timothy, after referring to his own good fight against the carnal mind, with its attendant evils, says, "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." To "love his appearing" would seem to be the initial preparation of thought for this recognition.

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